T s4 gh3_robert speed

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T s4 gh3_robert speed

  1. 1. A pathway to healthy rivers: lessons for and from Asia Robert Speed International WaterCentre, Australia
  2. 2. Background• River health and environmental flow in China project, WET project• WWF-GIWP master basin planning project• Regional workshops to share experiences
  3. 3. Context• Rapid economic development• Declining river health• Unprecedented pressures on river systems• Emerging policies and plans to improve river health
  4. 4. • But, different: – Rivers – Demands and challenges – Social and economic situations – Political and legal systems – Tools, methods, approaches
  5. 5. So, what have we learnt about improvingriver health through better river basinmanagement?And – how can we apply this knowledge indifferent rivers and different countries?
  6. 6. Foundation principles• To maintain and improve river health we need to: – Recognise the value of healthy rivers – Be clear what it is that we want from our rivers – Understand how our rivers function – Put in place systems and institutions to protect and restore
  7. 7. Strategic planning Identify assets and values; goals and objectives InstitutionsPolicy measures River science• Water allocation/e-flows Understand river• Pollution control condition and processes• Catchment management
  8. 8. Strategic (basin) planning1. Understand how the system operates: hydrological, physical, ecological, social, economic and institutional2. Plan and act, even without full knowledge3. Establish vision, priorities, objectives4. Focus on implementation throughout5. Engage stakeholders to strengthen institutional relationships6. Enable adaption to changing circumstances7. Address issues at the appropriate scale
  9. 9. Policy measures: water allocation and environmental flows1. Environmental water needs should provide the foundation for water allocation decisions2. Align water allocation, social and economic planning3. Level of complexity of the plan/approach should reflect the complexity in the basin4. Allow flexibility to deal with changing circumstances5. Ensure a clear mechanism for dealing with climatic variability6. Exercise caution in granting water entitlements7. Establish robust mechanisms for implementing e-flows
  10. 10. River science: assessing river health + environmental flows1. Set clear goals and objectives2. Select appropriate indicators3. Classify rivers4. Test the indicators5. Set appropriate benchmarks and threshold values6. Report on the results7. Implement the monitoring program to inform management
  11. 11. Institutions1. Clear mandates, powers and responsibilities2. Recognise capacity constraints
  12. 12. Thank-you

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